Examine animal characteristics, functions, ecology and environments for wildlife management, conservation, agricultural and medical applications.

As a zoology graduate, there are positions in applied, biomedical and pure research projects in universities and scientific organisations. You may also be employed by state museums, zoos, state departments of agriculture, and organisations concerned with conservation, wildlife management, environmental control, fisheries and national parks. In addition, there are positions in the animal breeding and genetics industry.


  • investigate the inter-relationships between animals and their environment by studying animals in their natural surroundings, in captivity and in laboratories
  • study and perform experiments to identify species and gather data on growth, nutrition, reproduction, prey and predators
  • study the development and functions of animals
  • devise methods of population control, especially of vermin and pests
  • develop programs to increase or manage the population of wild animals and animals in captivity
  • undertake surveys of fauna and prepare reports for management agencies
  • prepare or supervise the preparation of laboratory reports and scientific papers
  • supervise and coordinate the work of technical officers and technicians
  • lecture at universities and TAFE institutes
  • participate in wildlife awareness programs for the public

Source: myFuture


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Study pathways

The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.

  1. Undergraduate

  2. This course is required to pursue this career.

  3. Relevant majors include:

  4. Postgraduate

    Postgraduate study is required for those wishing to obtain research or senior consulting positions.

  5. Research

Graduate profile

Dr Christine Cooper

Senior Lecturer, Environment and Agriculture, Curtin University WA
BSc (Honours), Majors in Zoology (Honours) and Geography, PhD Zoology, UWA Business; Curtin University

For as long as I can remember I have had an interest in animals and the environment, and wanted to work as a zoologist studying wildlife. So my career aspirations have changed little over time. I am fortunate to have secured a position that I love, and I can't think of a more satisfying career path. I enjoy interacting with students, and have had fantastic opportunities to work with a wide range of animals, including rare and endangered species.

Successfully completing my PhD was an important achievement, enabling me to begin a career as a university academic. Another important step was obtaining a post doctoral fellowship at the University of New England, where I worked in a stimulating research environment and gained a range of important new skills.

My undergraduate degree provided an invaluable theoretical and practical background to my career. I use the theoretical knowledge daily in my teaching and research activities, and the practical skills I acquired have also proved invaluable. The research, presentation, analytical and critical thinking skills I developed at UWA have greatly assisted my career.

I would certainly recommend a career in science at UWA. It is important to study a discipline that you have a genuine passion for, and enjoy.